The Texas Rangers passed on selecting any player in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft today. Texas had 40 man roster spots open, so they could have selected someone had they wanted, but apparently saw no one out there worthy of a pick.
Thus ends an uneventful Winter Meetings for the Rangers, who were part of various rumors, but didn't make any trades or sign anyone this week.
Last year, of course, the Rangers selected Delino DeShields in the Rule 5 draft. The former first round pick was coming off a disappointing 2014 season in AA in the Astros system, and I scoffed at the time at the deal, feeling he was nothing but a pinch runner who wouldn't be able to stay on the 25 man roster all season. I think I may have been off-base on that...
The Rangers also didn't lose any of their own minor leaguers in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Last year, Odubel Herrera was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies, and ended up being their regular center fielder.